Roar running out of time to turn season around after Phoenix defeat

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Brisbane Roar don’t have too many rolls of the dice left after a 3-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix at home on Wednesday night.

Brisbane’s miserable weather conditions saw the Roar play the Nix on a damp, miserable Daily Moreton Stadium pitch.

As the countdown to the finals begin, Brisbane could not afford to make a mistake in the game as their finals hopes hang by a thread.

If the pressure of failing to make finals wasn’t enough, Roar’s beloved skipper Thomas Aldred was forced out of the starting line-up minutes before the game due to a hamstring injury.

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The Roar started the game with intensity with the Phoenix not being able to adjust to the horrible pitch conditions, Brisbane were the brighter of the two sides from early on.

Their best chance to capitalise on Phoenix’s untidy defence was through Roar forward, Luke Ivanovic, when he lined up for a clear shot that disappointingly went wide and high of the goal.

Despite Phoenix’s sloppiness, the Roar failed to capitalise on multiple chances to put themselves ahead.

The away side wouldn’t have wanted to start the game that way, as Wednesday night’s match presented itself as an opportunity for the away side to have very good chance of making finals if they came away with a win.

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The away side couldn’t bring the momentum over to their side, but a controversial own goal from Roar defender Scott Neville and a lengthy VAR goal check, gave the Phoenix a little bit of breathing space.

After the Phoenix corner, the Roar had a mountainous job ahead to pull themselves back into the game.

Roar fullback Nicholas Olsen led the charge down the left-hand side as his pace and ability to get in behind Phoenix’s defence allowed him to cross in some good balls, which never connected with a Roar teammate in the first half.

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Roar’s disappointment continued as the second 45 minutes began.

Brisbane midfielder Louis Zabala’s point-blank shot was heroically saved by Nix keeper Oliver Sail in the opening minutes of the second period.

Phoenix’s counter-attack down the other end of the pitch saw Nix forward Ben Waine capitalise on some sloppy Roar defence, doubling the away teams lead.

Roar staff, players, and fans were left scratching their heads as to how they hadn’t tallied a goal after another point-blank attempt from substitute Henry Hore was saved by Sail.

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It went from bad to worse for the home side, as a missed attempt led to yet another counter-attacking chance for the Nix as Benjamin Old, emphatically finished off a goalscoring opportunity with only one defender and the keeper to beat.

The Roar became the protagonists of their own demise as head coach Warren Moon tried anything to change the story line by giving some Roar youngsters an opportunity on the pitch.

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Sail seemed to be the hero that kept the away side in a comfortable lead, as Cyrus Dehmie’s one-on-one attempt was miraculously palmed away by the keeper. A bullet shot from Jay O’Shea forced a horizontal superhero-like save not long afterwards.

A bullet free-kick attempt in the last minute of regular playing time from O’Shea was saved yet again by Sail, who deservedly earned a clean sheet.

The Roar registered 36 shots, but Sail seemed to be the fortress in goal that just did not give in. Brisbane will now look to bounce back against Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

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Brisbane Roar: 0 

Wellington Phoenix: 3 (Scott Neville OG 28’, Benjamin Waine 48’, Benjamin Old 57’)

Stadium: Moreton Daily Stadium

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant referees: Ashley Beecham, David Walsh

Fourth official: Casey Reibelt

Video Assistant referee: Alex King

Brisbane Roar: Macklin FREKE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Thomas ALDRED, Ville MATTI STEINMANN (Jesse DALEY 61’), Luke IVANOVIC (Josh BRINDELL-SOUTH 80’), Ryo WADA (Henry HORE 50’), Nicholas OLSEN, Juan LESCANO (Cyrus DEHMIE 49’), James O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Louis ZABALA (Eli ADAMS 62’)

Unused subs: Nicholas O’CONNELL (GK), Anton MILINARIC

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), Scott WOOTTON, James Robert MCGARRY (Callan ELLIOT 80’), Gael SANDOVAL (Reno PISCOPO 76’), Benjamin OLD (Jackson MANUEL 88’), David BALL, Nicholas PENNINGTON, Louis FENTON, Benjamin WAINE, Sam SUTTON, Finn SURMAN

Unused subs: Alexander PAULSEN (GK), Kurtis MOGG, George OTT

Featured Image Credit: Brisbane Roar 

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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